When Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals Judge A. Wallace Tashima peers over his glasses at you, brace yourself for a challenge. The Clinton appointee has been known to prod lawyers, sometimes phrasing his views on law and procedure as statements, rather than questions -- though he manages to not come off as abrasive. Tashima, while considered left-leaning, is not afraid to dissent. A stickler for due process, Tashima was among those who literally wrote the book on pretrial civil procedure.
Judicial Profile: A. Wallace Tashima
March 18, 2003